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Victorian Arts and Crafts: Knitting, Crochet, Lace Work & Fancy Darning

Knitting and crochet work were sources of entertainment, creativity -- and practicality. Victorian magazines strove to meet a never-ending need for new patterns, styles and applications for these "everyday" arts.


CROCHET

Crochet for Little Workers (GOP 1880)
A basic primer on crochet stitches, leading up to a round antimacassar.
Crochet Lace Edging (GOP 1892)
Crochet Lace Mantel Border (GOP 1892)
Crochet Pillow Case Insertion, Diamond Pattern (GOP 1892)
Crochet Trimmings (GOP 1895)
Crochet Work in Wool (GOP 1882)
A variety of more advanced stitches.
Fancy Braid Crochet (GOP 1883)
A method of making a sort of "mock" crochet items, such as doilies, using fancy braid.
Five Crochet D'Oyleys (GOP 1896)
New and Pretty Brise-Bise Curtains, by Leirion Clifford (GOP 1902)
Ornamenting: Wool Crochet Patterns (GOP 1896)
A Pretty Bed-Quilt (GOP 1896)
Pillow Case Insertion, Greek Pattern (GOP 1893)
A Silk Purse in Crochet Work (GOP 1900)
Wool Crochet (GOP 1881)
Another basic guide to stitches.

KNITTING

Double Knitting (GOP 1881)
Knitted Designs, by Marie Karger (GOP 1882)
Some interesting stitches and patterns.
Knitting Competition: Mission to the "Deep Sea Fishermen" (GOP 1888)
A competition for knitting, featuring patterns for stockings, mittens, guernseys and caps for fishermen.
Patterns for Knitting (GOP 1881)
Rack-Frame Knitting (GOP 1881)
You can still get this type of knitting device in craft stores today -- billed as a "new" invention!
Sock and Stocking Knitting (GOP 1881)

LACE WORK

The New Tenerife or Brazilian Lace, by Leirion Clifford (GOP 1902)
Point Lace Work (GOP 1881)
Torchon Lace, and How to Make It, by Blance C. Saward (GOP 1883)

FANCY DARNING

Articles on basic darning and mending can be found in the Household Sewing section.

Fancy Darning (GOP 1885)
A method of making complex, elegant "woven" patterns with darning.

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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